Twenty Cuban Health Workers Arrived in Jamaica to Strengthen Primary Health Care and Oral Health

(L-R): Dr. Winston De La Haye, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kevin Harvey, Permanent Secretary and His Excellency Ambassador Bernardo Guanche Hernandez, Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica at Welcome Reception for twenty (20) Cuban Health Workers who arrived in Jamaica to assist with health services. The reception was held on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Offices of the Ministry of Health, 10-16 Grenada Way, Kingston 5.

Twenty (20) Cuban Health Workers arrived in Jamaica as part of a long-standing relationship with the Cuban Government under the Technical Cooperation Agreement between Jamaica and Cuba.  This group will particularly strengthen primary health care and oral health.   The Cubans arrived on Monday, March 21, 2016, and were welcomed by Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kevin Harvey, at a Reception hosted at the Offices of the Ministry of Health, 10-16 Grenada Way, Kingston 5.

“Jamaica and Cuba have always enjoyed excellent relations over the years and as we work to strengthen our primary health care system in Jamaica we welcome all twenty (20) medical professionals to our island as this will boost our capacity in several critical areas that we are strategically working towards.  We are also expecting some specialist nurses later this year to fill the gap in the health sector”, Dr. Harvey said.

The group consists of nine (9) doctors, ten (10) dentists with various specialties and one (1) Biomedical Engineer.   The Technical Cooperation Agreement under which this has been made possible has seen several Cuban health workers coming to Jamaica and making important contributions to the health sector.

These professionals will be deployed to the Regional Health Authorities.

(Front Row) Dr. Kevin Harvey (1st Left), His Excellency, His Excellency Ambassador Bernardo Guanche Hernandez (3rd-R), Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Dr. Winston De La Haye (2nd-R), Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Lundie Richards (1st-R), Director, Health Service Planning and Integration among Cuban Health Workers at a Reception held on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Offices of the Ministry of Health, 10-16 Grenada Way, Kingston 5.
(Front Row) Dr. Kevin Harvey (1st Left), His Excellency, His Excellency Ambassador Bernardo Guanche Hernandez (3rd-R), Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica, Dr. Winston De La Haye (2nd-R), Chief Medical Officer and Dr. Lundie Richards (1st-R), Director, Health Service Planning and Integration among Cuban Health Workers at a Reception held on Monday, March 21, 2016, at the Offices of the Ministry of Health, 10-16 Grenada Way, Kingston 5.